Man rescues trapped whale calf, allegedly fined by authorities


A man who took matters into his own hands after seeing a young humpback whale caught in shark nets said he got fined for performing the rescue.

Django, whose full name was withheld, said he was freediving when he saw the entangled humpback whale calf off Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, as per local radio station ABC Gold Coast yesterday, May 19.

The freediver then rushed his small boat toward the area and jumped into the waters to free the whale himself.

“Adrenaline just sort of kicked in,” Django was quoted as saying. “Basically I just tried to untangle him.”

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